Heading into the wilderness to reconnect with nature, test your mettle and get away from your creature comforts? Awesome! But before you go, make sure that you are safe and that you have all of the necessary tools and supplies.
It should go without saying that you will need a backpack to store all your tools in! Choosing the right backpack is incredibly important then and this will determine how much space you have, how well protected your gear is and more. Look for specialist backpacks designed for camping/trekking or survivalist adventures. These will have specs that will make your life easier for example, including handy storage, great comfort and more.
One thing that every explore should invest in if they want to look after their health is a microfiber towel. This is a towel made of the very thin microfiber material. It can be rolled tightly into a thin tube and packed into any large coat or rucksack pocket.
What’s more, is that a microfiber towel will dry nearly instantly. This means you’re not carrying around the extra weight that comes from a wet towel and it means you don’t need to worry about it coming into contact with the other things in your bag.
Ultralight Camping Hammock
Heading into the wilderness will mean camping for some, but that’s not the only option. You can’t exactly fit a bed into your backpack…
Or can you? One great solution is to pack a hammock with you, which will be small and light enough to carry easily, while still giving you a great night’s sleep. These don’t cost much and they give you a great way to sleep under the stars that is comfortable and light.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
This is a device that has been getting a lot of attention in the media and rightly so. Simply put, this is a straw that allows you to drink from nearly any water source and that can remove at least 99.9999% of waterborn bacteria. This is an excellent survival tool and one that could save your life.
There are similar filtration options out there but this is probably one of the best.
You’re going to be walking huge distances and exploring amazing foreign lands and of course your camera is going to be on hand to help you capture some of those moments. But what a camera can’t capture is how many steps you took when ascending that mountain, or how your heart rate peaked when you emerged at the top to drink in those spectacular views.
This is where any number of fitness trackers come in. The Suunto Ambit3 Peak HR is a great example of a fitness tracker for exploring the wilderness because it’s designed with hiking up mountains in mind and can track your altitude, your heartrate and more while you do. Many other smartwatches will do just fine as part of your backpacking gear too – such as a Garmin Vivoactive HR.
The right knives and blades are a must for venturing into the wildness. A basic knife will be useful for cutting bandages out of your clothing or threading needles. A hatchet can be useful for chopping wood for the fire. Consider taking something like a kukri knife for hacking through vines and branches vines and branches that are blocking your path.
First Aid Kit
This is a non-negotiable piece of equipment for anyone heading out into the wilderness! You should also bring some masking tape and rope, which can be useful for creating tourniquets, slings etc.
A compass is likewise absolutely necessary if you plan on leaving civilization. Take a compass and a map and you can practice some orienteering should you get lost.